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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue One, Jan. 2013

Issue One, Published January 2013

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C&H AT CARQUINEZ STRAIT Poetry by PHILLIP BARRON Wind is in the cane. Come along. Damp air split by the train carries the clank of wheels on rails and hiss of macadam gripping tires through cracked upper windows. Cane leaves swaying, rusty with talk. Island meets mainland where the dock's crane carts crushed canebrakes from cargo holds to copper vats, press and pop stalks' sweet drops. Scratching choruses above the guinea's squawk. Brick and glass house clockwork, punchcards, schedules where machinations enslave time, smooth paths past Hephaestus pounding molten imports, forging pure sugar. Wind is in the cane. Come along. Foghorn blast from the lighthouse pier throws away waves in the dusk's black sails. Next to nothing stands a spigot from which water falls without landing. poem contains lines from Carma, by Jean Toomer.

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